What are Galaxy S7 themes?
Galaxy S7 themes allow you to change the look and feel of the phone (mainly Galaxy S7 home screen and apps screen) in a systematic and consistent way.
Actually, this is not a new feature because Samsung introduced themes to Galaxy phones since Galaxy S6.
Although the implementation is similar, Galaxy S7 themes are NOT compatible with Galaxy S6 or Galaxy Note 7.
The compatibility is maintained only in the same generation of Galaxy S or Galaxy Note series. In other words, Galaxy S7 themes are compatible with Galaxy S7 edge only. And Galaxy S6 themes are compatible with Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy S6 edge+ only. It is unclear why Samsung fails to maintain a “universal” theme for all Galaxy devices..
You can use Galaxy S7 themes to customize Galaxy S7 home screen in following aspects:
- Wallpapers for home screen and lock screen.
- App icons for native (and pre-installed) Samsung apps.
- Modifications to app icons of all other apps.
- Font size and color in Galaxy S7 home screen.
- Customization for the default (native Samsung) phone app, contacts app and message app.
- Always-on display (for some Galaxy S7 themes).
How to download and apply new Galaxy S7 themes?
You can download and apply new Galaxy S7 themes in your Galaxy S7 or S7 edge by following these steps.
Step 1: Enter Galaxy S7 home screen edit mode
If you want to customize Galaxy S7 home screen, you need to enter Galaxy S7 home screen edit mode (aka, access Galaxy S7 home screen options).
You can tap and hold (aka, log tap) any empty area in Galaxy S7 home screen (in any home screen panels), or pinch in any home screen panels, to enter Galaxy S7 home screen edit mode (or to access Galaxy S7 home screen options) as shown below.
Step 2: Enter Galaxy Theme store
In Galaxy S7 home screen edit mode, tap Themes as shown below.
In My themes page, all themes under your account are listed here.
Before you install any Galaxy S7 themes, only default theme is listed as shown below.
Step 3: Select and download new Galaxy S7 themes
Tap the More themes button in My themes page as shown above to enter the theme store.
In the Theme store, you can search and browse available themes for your Galaxy S7.
You can also search Galaxy S7 themes with always-on display (AOD) customization as shown below.
For example, you want to try the Forest AOD theme.
Tap Download as shown below to download this theme.
Step 4: Apply new Galaxy S7 themes
After Galaxy S7 themes are downloaded, you can then apply it.
It is allowed to download a few Galaxy S7 themes and to apply later when offline. All downloaded themes will be listed in the My themes page as mentioned above.
As shown below, tap Apply to apply the newly downloaded theme to Galaxy S7 or S7 edge.
You will get a warning message about the change as shown below.
In addition, all running apps will be closed.
Tap Apply again as shown below to confirm that you understand the changes.
Step 5: Enjoy the new Galaxy S7 themes
After a while, the new Galaxy S7 theme will be applied to your phone.
This should take less than one or two minutes. There is a progress bar as shown below when the new Galaxy S7 themes are being applied.
Now, you can find the customized Galaxy S7 home screen as shown below.
In addition to different wallpaper, app icons were also changed.
Apps screen is also similarly customized as shown below.
The always-on display (AOD) is also customized as shown below.
How to add theme store to Galaxy S7 home screen and apps screen?
There are two ways to add theme store to Galaxy S7 home screen and apps screen.
In Theme store page as shown earlier, you can:
- Tap “Add the theme store icon” to add it to home screen and apps screen instantly.
- Tap More button. Then you can tap Settings as shown below and tap “Add the Theme store icon to your app list and Home screen” to add the theme store to Galaxy S7 home screen and apps screen.
Once the theme store icon is added to Galaxy S7 home screen or apps screen, you can then tap the icon to access theme store directly.
Can you use Galaxy S7 themes to customize Galaxy S7 and S7 edge home screen now?
If you have any questions or encounter any problems on Galaxy S7 themes , please let us know in the comment box below.
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For other guides on using Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, please check Galaxy S7 online manual page.
For detailed Galaxy S7 how-to guides, please check Galaxy S7 how-to guides page.